Click on the links found here to view the most recent COVID-19 guidance and requirements for University of Maine System students. For additional General University Guidelines, please refer to the Community Guidance For Everyone section of this website.


Facing Coverings

In instructional settings, including classrooms, labs, studios, etc., face coverings are required unless waived by the instructor. Face coverings also are required in individual office spaces on campus and in UMS facilities statewide, unless waived by the primary occupant or meeting host. Additional face covering guidance is on the Community Guidance For Everyone section of this website.

COVID-19 Fall 2022 Vaccination Requirements

This section describes the University of Maine System’s (UMS) fall 2022 semester COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students. These requirements may be revised as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves or as public health best practices change or emerge, and are based on current federal and state laws.

Note: These requirements have been updated from previously posted requirements for summer and fall 2022.

For additional information see American College Health Association (ACHA) (External Site), whose guidance indicates that institutions of higher education (IHE) should require COVID-19 vaccinations and recommend boosters. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) (External Site) recommends that IHEs should promote vaccinations and develop processes/policies to make getting vaccinated easier.

Fall 2022 COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

University students who plan to participate in any on-campus or University System-sponsored experience must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined below in this guidance, or obtain a University System-approved exemption.  Booster shots are strongly encouraged for all students as a way to prevent severe cases of COVID-19.

How to Submit Proof of Vaccination or Request an Exemption:

Students are required to submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccinations or request an exemption by August 31, 2022.

New Students:

Complete your ‘COVID Vaccine/Exemption Docs’ found in the Student Center main page under ‘To Do List’.  For assistance or questions, please contact your academic advisor.

Returning Students:

To upload proof of your vaccination series or submit an exemption request, please refer to the UMS COVID-19 Portal (External Site).

Important:
  • We recommend that students receive COVID-19 booster doses.
  • All students are strongly encouraged to upload all COVID-19 vaccination doses, including boosters, in case the University System shifts to requiring boosters in responses to the evolving pandemic.
  • Student participation in certain programs may require COVID-19 boosters. Program leaders will communicate these requirements to students.
  • Individuals will be required to quarantine or isolate based on CDC recommendations.

Reference: CDC Quarantine Guidelines (External Site)

Definitions:

Fully Vaccinated:

This is defined as completing the primary vaccine series doses in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or completing a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Medical Exemption:

Fill out the downloadable UMS form provided in the UMS COVID-19 Portal (External Site), including a signature from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant that, in the provider’s professional judgment, immunization may be medically inadvisable.

Religious Exemption:

Fill out the downloadable UMS form provided in the UMS COVID-19 Portal (External Site), including a physical signature from the student, or guardian if the student is a minor, that the student’s sincerely held religious beliefs are contrary to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Remote Learning Only Exemption:

Fill out the downloadable UMS form provided in the UMS COVID-19 Portal (External Site), including a physical signature from the student or guardian, indicating that the student will only enroll in remote learning courses that involve no participation in an on-campus experience at any University location. Because not all courses are available in an online modality, students who choose this option understand, agree and accept that this may limit their educational options and that, depending on degree program or course of study, it may not be possible to complete a course of study through remote learning only. This form must be completed with each applicable semester.

Compliance:

  • Students participating in any on-campus or University sponsored in-person experience will be required to verify their ongoing compliance with the UMS COVID-19 vaccination protocols through the designated University platform; UMS COVID-19 Portal (External Site).
  • Students who are not fully vaccinated or who do not have an approved exemption will not be allowed to continue to participate in on-campus experiences, may have registration holds placed on their accounts until they are in compliance, and may be administratively withdrawn from their in-person classes at the end of any applicable add-drop period.
  • Student Conduct Code violations should be addressed consistent with the current Code. In general, refusal to engage in COVID-19 vaccination protocols, or other requirements may be resolved through a transition to remote learning and absence from campus without the need to resort to the Code. However, certain extenuating circumstances may require a case-by-case approach. The Office of General Counsel and each campus’ Office of Student Affairs are available to assist with such case-by-case review. Anyone who is concerned about a violation of the pandemic protocol requirements may report that concern by calling 207-581-2681 or emailing umaine.alerts@maine.edu.
  • Students in a higher risk category, or with severe illness or underlying health conditions or other applicable circumstances who may need disability accommodations in connection with this protocol should contact the disability or accessibility services office on their campus.

Where can I get a covid-19 vaccine or booster?

You can locate vaccine sites near you in a variety of ways:

  • Access vaccines.gov (External Site). You will need your 5-digit zip code to search.
  • Text your zip code to 438829.
  • Call 1-800-232-0233
  • Look up sites in Maine – Maine Vaccine Site Search (External Site)
  • Contact your healthcare provider
  • Each University/Law School of the University of Maine System also has, is or will be offering vaccination or booster clinics or otherwise facilitating access to the vaccines and boosters. Please check with your campus for specific information.

Quarantine, Isolation and Support Services

For a current summary of exposure and isolation requirements, please refer to the CDC Isolation Protocols (External Site) and CDC Exposure Guidelines (External Site).

The University strongly encourages students to receive all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses when eligible to prevent the severity of the disease.

Prepare Ahead:

To determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19, please refer to the CDC’s ‘Isolation and Exposure Calculator’ found on the CDC Isolation Protocols (External Site).

The University is continuing to offer COVID-19 symptomatic testing at no charge as one of the many continuing protocols intended to keep the University community and broader community as safe as possible. The University is a highly vaccinated community with strong protocols which have helped make the university community safer throughout this pandemic.

Students need to be prepared independently to know and follow public health guidance as it applies to their own situation; to alert their own close contacts in the event the University cannot or does not do so; and, to have a plan ready in advance to quarantine or isolate in non-university locations, as many already do, if the University is unable to accommodate their need.


Resources for Mental and Emotional Well-Being

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

In addition to taking helpful precautions to protect your physical well-being, it can also be important to maintain mental and emotional well-being. If you’re experiencing stress or adverse effects as a result of the COVID-19 virus, the U.S. CDC publishes some information that may be helpful to you on their website (External Site).

SilverCloud

Also available is SilverCloud, an online mental health tool available to all University of Maine System students at no cost. It offers self-guided programs for anxiety, depression, stress and resilience. Aimed at helping to address mild to moderate issues, SilverCloud allows individuals to manage day-to-day stressors personally and anonymously. The self-guided program is available any time, on any device. The program can be accessed by University of Maine System students at SilverCloud for the University of Maine System (External Site).

Maine State Resources

Dial 2-1-1 Maine for information and referral to community resources or the Statewide Intentional Warm Line at 1-866-771-9276 to talk with a trained peer support specialist who has personal experience with mental health recovery.

Campus Counseling Services

Also, please know that you may contact your campus Counseling Services for information and scheduling:

  • University of Maine: 207-581-1392
  • University of Maine at Augusta Bangor: 207-262-7835
  • University of Maine at Augusta: 207-621-3044
  • University of Maine at Machias: 207-255 1343
  • University of Maine at Farmington: 207-778-7034
  • University of Maine at Fort Kent: 207-834-7822
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle: 207-768-9791
  • University of Southern Maine: 207-780-5411

How Will the University Communicate?

All students, staff and faculty should please update information regarding emergency notifications in your emergency alerts profile. Follow this link for instructions to update Emergency Alert Preferences. This will allow the University to best communicate with you.

Email: The Chancellor has been and will continue to send email updates at key junctures to keep the community advised. Presidents, in collaboration with each other and the Chancellor, also are doing likewise for your specific University.

Web site/s: The University is posting regular updates and information to a one-stop source web site for Covid-19 information. The website also provides links to specific sites of the individual Universities of the University of Maine System. The web site also connects to more information from the Maine and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

If you have a question not answered by any of this guidance, the University also has a phone information line with recorded information and options for getting personal responses. That number is 207-581-2681.


Last Reviewed: August 2022